APRIL 2017

Studio BV once again participated in the University of Minnesota's College of Design Day of Service with their Design Forward program!  For this spring's event, the volunteers headed to The Food Group.  The Food Group is an innovative hunger relief organization dedicated to serving the needs of our changing communities through the distribution and promotion of healthy foods to over 200 partner food shelves and meal programs.  We spent the morning packing boxes of frozen meats to be distributed through their Fare for All program.  The group packed 9 palettes totaling 9,450 lbs which equates to 7,875 meals!  It was a fun day giving back with others from around the design community.

March 2017

Earlier this month, Liz participated in AIA in the Schools.  The committee teamed up with Ms. Gloe's 3rd grade class at Hale Elementary in South Minneapolis to help build and design dream homes with the ambitious students.  The task was similar to the game of 'Life' - each student was able to pick a career and was given an annual income.  After understanding typical expenses, they were able to take out a loan to help them afford their perfect home.  Liz volunteered for the afternoon to partner up with a few students who found images they wanted to replicate.  Based on their loan, Liz and her students were given a certain amount of milk cartons to work with.  As a team, they utilized only milk cartons, cardboard, and hot glue to create some masterpieces the students could call home.

The end of 2016 brought with it several more volunteer opportunities for the SBV team!  Here is a little bit about what we have been up to:


October, 2016

Studio BV was excited to participate in the University of Minnesota's Day of Service again this year!  We went to a Second Harvest Heartland distribution site in Maplewood where we handed out fresh fruits and vegetables with fellow College of Design alumni and students.  We love being a part of a community that has programs such as Second Harvest that provide access to fresh, healthy food to those that might not otherwise get it.


November, 2016

This fall, our local AIA chapter teamed up with 5 female architects, including our own Liz Berres, and spent a morning sharing what it is like to be an architect at the Glacier Hills Elementary 5th annual Girls and Engineering Day.  It was fun to be able to share our passion for our profession with this group of 1st-4th graders!


December, 2016

The holidays are such a fun time of year, especially when shared with children!  This is why the Herman Miller WeCare event is one of our favorites!  This year, over 20 design firms participated in providing crafts for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities to make to give out as gifts this holiday season.  The Studio BV team helped kids make sock snowmen.  Who knew a simple tube sock and some rice could be so cute!  We hope these gifts brought many smiles this holiday season!


December, 2016

You can tell the winter holiday season is here when you step into a kindergarten classroom - the children are buzzing with excitement and are counting down the days until Santa comes.  This is where Liz had an opportunity to lend a hand both to enhance the students' holiday spirit while still continuing academic learning.  The focus of the lesson was to help the students add more detail to a creative writing assignment by describing the decorating goals for their dream house.  After the writing session, the students became little designers, meticulously leaving not even an inch of their gingerbread houses un-decorated.  They were extremely proud of their creations and were eager to show off their work!

We look forward to many more events as we kick-off 2017!

Happy New Year!

One of Studio BV’s founding principles involves giving back to the community in which we live, work and play.  We are so grateful for the support we receive from our community and it’s important for us to pay it forward.  Throughout our first year, we have been fortunate enough to volunteer our time with some great organizations.  Here is a little bit about our experiences:


October, 2016

Design Forward is put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Design and is intended to engage College of Design community members in service projects that help improve the quality of life for members of our communities.  They put on both a Fall and Spring event and we were lucky enough to participate in both last year.  Last October, the Design Forward team spent a morning volunteering at one of Second Harvest Heartland’s Fresh Produce Distributions.  We helped set up distribution, sort food, and greet and hand out food to clients.  It was wonderful getting the chance to give fresh, healthy food to so many people in need.


April, 2016

This past April, we participated in another service project with Design Forward at Urban Ventures.  Urban Ventures’ mission is breaking the cycle of poverty through innovative programs and social enterprises that empower families to take control of their futures.  They have several food and nutrition programs.  One of these programs is called CityKid Honey.  As part of this program, Urban Ventures participants are trained to tend honey bees and extract honey.  This honey is then sold both in its raw state and in various products as part of their social enterprise initiative.  Another food program is called CityKid Farms.  They have two farms where they grow food that is again sold through their enterprise model.  During our day of service with Design Forward, Studio BV helped make honey soaps as well as do some spring clean-up at the CityKid Farm at the Midtown Greenway.  Our morning there was incredibly rewarding and exposed us to so many thoughtful programs that are happening in our own backyard.


August, 2016

We were excited to volunteer with AIA Minnesota’s Architecture in the Schools Committee in the STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair this August.  They hosted a booth in Carousel Park which allowed volunteers to engage with thousands of K-12 children and their families and to expose them to architecture.  There were several hands-on activities for visitors to the booth to do that involved building small-scale models of four iconic State Fair buildings.  It was so fun to get to share our love of architecture and design with the next generation.


September, 2016

Sustainable Me Pop-ups are kid-focused educational fairs featuring fun, healthy, and green activities that take place within larger community events to meet people where they already gather.  The booths highlight ways for youth and families to become leaders in sustainability in their homes, schools, and communities while living healthy and green.  This September, we got the opportunity to volunteer with the USGBC Minnesota at a Sustainable Me event at Open Streets Nicollet.  We had a great time with the nearly 300 people who stopped by and painted fall trees and learned about sustainable materials with us!



September, 2016

As our studio reflected back over our first year, we were so incredibly grateful to our industry partners who have gone out of their way to make our first year a success.  As a way of saying ‘thank you’, we invited them to give back with us at a Feed My Starving Children packing event.  Feed My Starving Children believes that hope starts with food.  Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to distribution partners around the world.  During our packing session, our group packed 21 boxes of food that was on its way to Haiti – this amounts to 4,546 meals which will feed 13 kids for a whole year.  Not bad for 2 hours of work!  It was such a fun and rewarding way to kick off our first anniversary celebrations!

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We will continue to post here about all of the continued ways we are connecting with our community - stay tuned!